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Name Mario Balotelli
Gender Male
Birthplace Palermo
Ethnic Ghanaian
  Italian
  Bresciani
Job Italian Footballer
Desc Having emerged at Inter Milan he would head to the Premier League and Manchester City with Roberto Mancini, where he would play his role in the club’s early successes following their billionaire investment. He would be awarded the Golden Boy in 2010, modestly admitting that he had not heard of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who he beat to the gong

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Brescia FC
  Nice
  Marseille
  AC Milan
  Manchester City
  Inter Milan

Relationship

Daughter Pia Balotelli
Father Francesco Balotelli
Mother Silvia Balotelli
Agent Mino Raiola
Coach Roberto Mancini

2012 04 21 Retrieve

[Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, a former team-mate of Morosini for Italy’s Under-21 side noted things English authorities at least can learn from the controls in Italy] New findings need to be acted ons. In England there are not the heart checks we have in Italy. It is better to take precautions

2013 12 30 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli when a reporter likened him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic] You want to compare me to Ibra? Well, that’s a compliment… for him!

2013 12 30b Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli offers an extra incentive for Real to reverse a first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund: the stunning Fanny Neguesha] If Real Madrid come back in Champions League, I’ll let my girlfriend sleep with them!

2014 05 04 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli on himself] Mamma mia, I divide Italy in two! Amazing! While almost everyone overseas is united with me!

2014 10 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli on Steven Gerrard] I had really not seen much of him before this season, apart from for England, but wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo. Vision, technique, but he is powerful as well. Stevie can do anything. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future

2014 10 18 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli on Cesare Prandelli] Real men, if they have something to say, then they come to you and say it to your face. He went and said bad things about me to the newspapers

2015 08 29 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli on his career] I feel like a player who’s just finished the first half of his career. I played and lived like a kid. I’ve wasted a lot of opportunities. But the game’s not over, I still have a second half to play. Now I’ll play it like a man. I know a lot of people don’t believe in my comeback. It’s up to me to prove them wrong. Milan have taken a gamble, but I’ve made a promise to myself and all the people who support me. I’m starting from zero and know I can’t mess this one up. I will follow every rule. I know I’ll only be given my chance if I deserve it, but I haven’t forgotten how to play football

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Nice forward Mario Balotelli talks about his admiration of the club’s supporters] Frankly, of all the club’s I’ve played at, these supporters generate the best atmosphere I’ve ever seen. It’s cool. I’m happy when people like me

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli talks about Nice’s Ligue 1 title chances in France] I’m happy here [at Nice]. I’ve settled in very quickly in this fantastic place. There are a lot of youngsters in the team and the coach is very good and I’ve found everything favourable. There’s still a long way to go, but if we do win the title, I’m going to fly a helicopter over Nice.

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[Madcap former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has been up to his usual tricks while on his summer holidays, reportedly paying a man to drive a scooter into the sea] My moped was only worth €600 anyway

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[When Mario Balotelli left Marseille in May, it seemed like only a matter of time until he would be back] Thank you everybody for these amazing five months even if we didn’t achieve our objectives. I really want to say thank you to the coach and staff, players, president and directors. Everyone that works with Marseille, supporters – Thank you and hopefully see you soon or good luck for everything in the future years

[…]

[Balotelli repaid Marseille’s faith with plenty of goals and entertainment] I’ve told my agent that I am happy here and want to stay. My first two seasons at Nice were good, but Marseille is on another level, another type of football and atmosphere. As far as I’m concerned, Marseille are the biggest club in France. I thank Nice and its supporters, but there’s no comparison with Marseille. I’ve always felt that I would fit in here and I can’t explain why

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Brazilian side Flamengo will not be pursuing a deal for striker Mario Balotelli] Flamengo, Mario Balotelli and his representatives have decided, by mutual agreement and after two days of cordial meetings in Monaco, to close on this date all negotiations involving the possible signing of the player

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli joins newly promoted Brescia] Mario returns home. The return to Italy, after three years, was made possible by Mario’s determination and enthusiasm to return to Brescia, the city where he grew up and where, since he was a child, he stood out for his physical and technical skills

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli has revealed that his mother burst into tears when she heard that he had the chance to sign for his hometown club Brescia] When I told her that I could come back to play in Brescia, she started crying. I asked her for an opinion, but she cried.

[The Italy forward also brushed off suggestions that he would struggle to replicate his previous form for his new club] It seems that you are more afraid of my failure than I am. I’m not afraid, zero. I’m fine, I’m serene. This is my home

[During his time at AC Milan Balotelli was targeted by racist abuse, which has continued to blight Serie A in recent years] I don’t know what to expect. I hope things don’t happen like in the past

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli has admitted he doesn’t really care about playing against Cristiano Ronaldo as he looks set to make his Brescia debut against the Juventus star] Does it excite me to play against [Ronaldo]? I really don’t care. He is a great champion, he is the best in the world with Messi. It is nice to play against him but I do not get excited. I will try to score goals, as in all the other matches I play

I feel comfortable [in my preparation]. In the last month and a half, I have worked more than I did in the last 10 years of my career. I don’t care about who [I’m playing], I care only about playing and feeling good. It is normal that I won’t have the rhythm of the game just yet - because I’ve only played two friendlies so far and you can only find the rhythm by playing. But one thing is certain, in terms of my weight and shape, I’ve never been like this. The last time I weighed this amount I played for Manchester City and I was 20 years old

[The last time he played for the Azzurri was in a September 2018 Nations League match against Poland] My goal is [to be in the Euros]. But now I can’t think about it. My personal wish is for it to be a great tournament for me and the team. I just have to work to get back to my best form, at 200 per cent, as soon as possible

2019 11 03
Mario Balotelli was racially abused in Verona yet some of his own club’s fans turned on him before the president labelled him ‘fragile’

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Earlier this year, Balotelli came out in defence of Juventus youngster Moise Kean after he too suffered racial abuse during a Serie A game against Cagliari back in April. He fired further criticism at Leonardo Bonucci after the Italy defender appeared to suggest Kean had incited the issue against himself] Tell Bonucci that he’s lucky I wasn’t there. Instead of defending you he does that? Wow, I am honestly shocked

2019 11 03b Retrieve

[Alongside a video showing his reaction to the abuse and his goal on Instagram] Thanks to all the colleagues on and off the field for the solidarity expressed toward me and all of the messages received from fans. A heartfelt thanks. You’ve shown yourself to be real men, not like those who deny the evidence

[Balotelli also reposted a video taken by a fan of him being abused, and the Italy international] To the ‘people’ in this end who made the monkey noises: shame on you. Shame on you. Shame on you in front of your children, wives, parents, relatives, friends and acquaintances … shame

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[Italian attacker Mario Balotelli has hit out at fans that racially abused him over the weekend] What happened on Sunday is not beautiful but I did not accuse Verona, I did not accuse the Verona stand. I accused a few idiots who did it, I heard them. I accused those a*holes and that’s all. It wasn’t two or three, because I heard them from the pitch. I tell the truth, the Verona stadium and the Verona fans are also nice to me, with their banter. But if you want to distract a player, you can do it in a thousand ways. Not like this. This is not good. The few who have done it are dckheads. The racist banter was not good, it has never been good and it will never be good. They are few idiots, but they are always there

[That form has seen Balotelli back himself for a national team recall as he declared his treatment in Serie A is even worse considering he is Italian] I’m not saying that I am different from the other players who have had the same choirs and the same howls, but the problem is that I am Italian. I should be back on the national team

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[Six years ago, Mario Balotelli was asked in an interview with Sports Illustrated what it was like ‘to be black and Italian’] It’s amazing. And now there are a lot more coming, so I’m not alone anymore

[Mario Balotelli wrote on Instagram last year] I am not a robot, nor an epidemic or even an idiot. Many times I don’t reply, to avoid problems and unnecessary tension, but I hear and see it all and it accumulates and I get fed up too

[All Balotelli has ever wanted was to be accepted. When he was finally able to secure citizenship upon turning 18, he declared] I feel Italian. I am Italian. I will represent Italy always. [And yet he admitted last year that he might not accept an Azzurri recall even if one was forthcoming] Have you ever thought that, and it might never happen, but one day you could need me and I’d be ready the same way I have been for the last three years, but hearing some of you insulting, denigrating and underestimating me over the years, I might be tired emotionally and therefore refuse to go?

I just ask that you respect me as much as I respect Italy and then we’ll be fine. I don’t expect to be mollycoddled or considered a phenomenon, but I guarantee that you could only get the best out of me with respect, because I am doing nothing to warrant this disrespect

[Balotelli was particularly upset by what unfolded in Verona earlier this month because his daughter Pia was watching on television] That made it hurt three times as much. It’s also happened to her before and you cannot insult a child saying words like that. We adults have to set the standard and show how to be civil

2020 01 05 Retrieve

[Balotelli slams Lazio fans after racist chants halt Serie A match] Is a loss that hurt but we will come back stronger and we are on the right way!. Lazio fans that were today at the stadium SHAME ON YOU! #saynotoracism

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Verona fan handed five-year ban from all sport events after racist abuse of Balotelli] I didn’t accuse Verona, I didn’t accuse the Verona curva, I accused the few idiots who did it. I heard them. It wasn’t two or three, because I heard them from the pitch. If I don’t react, nothing happens. It’s not a mistake, it’s a serious matter. I tell the truth, the Verona stadium and the Verona fans are also nice to me, with their banter. But if you want to distract a player, you can do it in a thousand ways. Not like this. This is not good. [My daughter hearing the abuse] makes it three times worse. It’s already happened to her. You can’t insult a child with words like that. Education and respect come from us adults. I’m not saying that I am different from the other players who have had the same noises and the same howls, but the problem is that I am Italian, and I want to be back in the national team

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Balotelli backs calls to stop football in Italy amid Coronavirus fears] Let’s stop the league!! Do we need anything else? Stop football!! I agree with you 100%. Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up. Don’t write rubbish to me like: ‘But you are protected! What difference does it make if you play or not? Nothing happens to you behind closed doors! Don’t take away the only fun that people have at the weekend in the red zones! I LOVE FOOTBALL MORE THAN YOU … but playing means travelling by bus, train, aeroplane, sleeping in a hotel, in any case entering into contact with other people outside of your working environment […] I already don’t get to see my children because of this damned coronavirus, because as you know they do not live in Lombardy, so it’s already infuriating and sad. I certainly don’t want my mother, who I see and eat with almost every day, to catch anything from me. She is not the same age as me and as much as I love football (which I owe everything to), I won’t risk her getting ill! Why would I? To entertain someone else? Or to stop them losing money? Don’t be ridiculous! GET OVER YOURSELVES, WE’VE HAD ENOUGH NOW. Guys, you can’t joke around with health

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Balotelli set his house on fire] It wasn’t like my house was on fire. It was just the bathroom, because one firework went the wrong way. It took the curtain, and the curtain got on fire and the smoke went around the house. But we weren’t inside. We were outside with the fireworks. And it wasn’t me. I got unlucky

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Balotelli admits he would love to play for Napoli] I tried it [to join Napoli]. I would have a great time in Naples. I would make my daughter head ultra. She supports Napoli. I sing to her, ‘Brescia, Brescia’, but she continues to support Napoli. She was very happy when I took her to the San Paolo, she was hypnotised. It is always a good emotion to enter San Paolo, although in my opinion the most beautiful stadium is San Siro

I have a special relationship with him. I am happy if you feel you don’t have to call me up for the national team because I know that if you were to call me up, you wouldn’t do it to make me sit on the bench. It is right that you call who deserves it the most. The day I deserve it, I will be there and play

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists that he ‘only has good memories of the Premier League’] I only have good memories of the Premier League. The Premier League is the best. The French league is physical too, though.

I always say I was crazy, but I wasn’t even crazy, I was just young. I was always respectful, but when you’re 16 or 17 you want to do things that 16 or 17 year olds do - going out to clubs, you know. But when you are a footballer there is an expectation of you.

[The coaches that improved me the most are Roberto] Mancini, because he took me in when I was young and crazy. The other one is Lucien Favre

Pirlo guarantees you 10 goals a year, Yaya can do it all. That’s a good team I think, although I left you [Henry] out, I left Cristiano [Ronaldo] out.

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Brescia striker Mario Balotelli has also been linked with a move to Naples after admitting he would love to play for the club] I tried it [to join Napoli]. I would have a great time in Naples. I would make my daughter head ultra. She supports Napoli. I sing to her, ‘Brescia, Brescia’, but she continues to support Napoli. She was very happy when I took her to the San Paolo, she was hypnotised. It is always a good emotion to enter San Paolo, although in my opinion the most beautiful stadium is San Siro

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Balotelli after Chiellini’s comment] [Balotelli was hardly likely to take Chiellini’s comments lying down either] At least I have the sincerity and courage to say things face to face. You’ve had plenty of opportunities since 2013 to behave like a real man but you didn’t - who knows what you will say one day about your current team-mates. Strange captain. If that’s what it means to be a champion, I prefer not to be - and I never disrespected the blue jersey

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Chiellini says Balotelli is a negative person with no respect for the team] At least I have the sincerity and courage to say things face to face. You’ve had plenty of opportunities since 2013 to behave like a real man but you didn’t.

2020 05 13b Retrieve

[Balotelli struggling to cope with lockdown] If you pass me the ball now, I am not able to get it under control with a first touch. It’s been two months since I touched the ball. I was going crazy the last couple of weeks, because I was totally alone. My daughter is in Naples, my son is in Zurich, my mother is of a certain age and needs to be protected, my brothers are in quarantine with their children, so I was left by myself. It was tough. It’s impossible to train properly if you don’t have a running machine, so even though it wasn’t really allowed, I went to the park near me to do a little running

[The Brescia forward says he is not a very good cook, and his diet has certainly suffered over the last few weeks] The Brescia forward says he is not a very good cook, and his diet has certainly suffered over the last few weeks. Fortunately, I then managed to get food delivered

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli tells former team-mate Alessandro Matri about the struggles of life during lockdown] I was basically eating cardboard and trying to bite chunks out of the wall for the first three days, as I can’t cook anything. Fortunately, I then managed to get food delivered

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli took Giorgio Chiellini’s public attack on his character and professionalism in good spirits ] It’s the first time in my life that it’s you that messed up and not me!

[Balotelli told former team-mate Alessandro Matri] If you pass me the ball now, I am not able to get it under control with a first touch. I haven’t kicked a ball in two months. And I have been going crazy the last couple of weeks because I was totally alone.

2020 05 28b Retrieve

[Enock Barwuah on his brother Balotelli] Mario only plays at 30 per cent. Mario only plays at 30 per cent […] He’s very sensitive, so if the slightest thing goes wrong, he lets his head drop and doesn’t perform. It’s not easy to play with that much pressure on your shoulders

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Mario Balotelli has responded to reports he failed to attend training on Sunday] How can you write that I am not training on the pitch? There are journalists at the centre at all my sessions, obviously with their TV cameras! I attend two training sessions a day, almost every day! How can you deny the evidence? I didn’t think I was a phantom, invisible to the cameras

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Brescia take legal action against Mario Balotelli and Mino Raiola over coronavirus testing claims] We have instructed our lawyers to take action against those who made these false accusations. Brescia wish to clarify that we respected the medical protocol to the letter and even privately hired a full-time specialist (at real expense) to deal with any possible health emergencies linked to COVID-19. Being accused of not respecting the rules, by one of our players no less, is shameful slander and those who said it will pay (both in economic and image terms) in the opportune venues, so we can protect the work and sacrifices of this club. Unfortunately, as we all know, the irresponsible behaviour of an individual can create serious risks for everyone involved, so we’ll be forced to enact even more rigid measures to protect the club and its representatives

2020 06 14b Retrieve

[Balotelli’s relationship with Brescia has soured in recent weeks, and he was turned away from training on Tuesday as the club prepares for Serie A’s return, due to the forward suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis] Stop asking me if I’m going to training or not. I’m going to training guys, I’ve always gone to training. Stop, I swear. Stop asking. If you want to know if I’m going to training or not then come here, I have a double session every day until Sunday, morning and afternoon. Come here, then you’ll see

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Balotelli has strongly denied recent reports he missed any training sessions with Brescia following the coronavirus pandemic] How can you write that I am not training on the pitch? There are journalists at the centre at all my sessions, obviously with their TV cameras! I attend two training sessions a day, almost every day! How can you deny the evidence? I didn’t think I was a phantom, invisible to the cameras